: to seize especially with teeth or jaws so as to enter, grip, or wound
was bitten by a dog
: to wound, pierce, or sting especially with a fang or a proboscis
getting bitten by mosquitoes
a snake bit his leg
: to cut or pierce with or as if with an edged weapon
bit by his sword
: to cause sharp pain or stinging discomfort to
the sleet biting our faces
: to take hold of
help the pliers bite the part
: to bite or have the habit of biting something
This cat bites.
of a weapon or tool : to cut, pierce, or take hold
bites down on the part
The anchor bites into the ocean floor.
: to cause irritation or smarting
Her criticisms really bite.
of fish : to take a bait
The fish aren't biting today.
: to respond so as to be caught (as by a trick)
: to accept a suggestion or an offer
offered them a deal but they wouldn't bite
: to take or maintain a firm hold
The anchor didn't bite well.
: to produce a negative effect
the recession began to bite
US slang : to imitate or copy (someone or something) especially without permission
There are lots of rappers biting his style—but there's only one James Brown!—Spin
: the act of biting
took a bite of the sandwich
felt a bite at the end of the fishing line
: the manner of biting
especially, dentistry : occlusion sense 1b
wore braces to correct her bite
: a wound made by biting
The bite became infected.
: the hold or grip by which friction (see friction sense 1b) is created or purchase (see purchase entry 2 sense 3a(1)) is obtained
: a surface that creates friction or is brought into contact with another for the purpose of obtaining a hold
: a keen incisive quality
a writing style that lacks bite
a satirical bite
: a sharp penetrating effect
The soup has a peppery bite.
the bite of the wind on our cheeks
etching : a single exposure of an etcher's plate to the corrosive action of acid
: an amount (as of money) taken usually in one operation for one purpose : share
a 15 percent bite for his manager
: an expression of interest in something being offered
In seven previous days, the seller didn't get a single bite [=no one expressed interest in buying what was offered].—Jerry Garrett et al.
Verb The hamster bit the child. She bit the cookie in half. Some people bite their nails when they feel nervous. A wild animal may bite if it is frightened. The patient had been bitten by a poisonous snake. The mosquitoes are biting tonight. Are the fish biting today? Noun He ate the candy bar in three quick bites. She gave her lip a gentle bite. The fisherman felt a bite at the end of his line and reeled in a fish. My teenage daughter wears a special device at night to correct her bite. Don't scratch that mosquito bite. See More
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NounInflation bites:Social Security benefits are rising, but so are the taxes. —Medora Lee, USA TODAY, 24 May 2023 Roasted Zucchini Pasta Salad This pasta salad combines caramelized roasted zucchini, crunchy sunflower seeds and pops of sweet golden raisins in a tangy tahini sauce for a lively dish with varied textures in every bite. —Kay Chun, New York Times, 18 May 2023 These days, The Stone Cellar offers visitors a chance to indulge in local craft beer, wine, light bites and live music. —Gabi De La Rosa, Chron, 17 May 2023 Up your grill game with these kabob baskets that ensure that every prime bite makes its way to the plate. —Lindsay Silberman, townandcountrymag.com, 17 May 2023 The all-day street festival has something for everyone — from clowns to extreme sandcastle sculptures to gourmet bites — right along Long Branch's oceanfront promenade. —Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 17 May 2023 Eventually, however, the opening buzz will die down and visitors can stroll in at their leisure and sit down with a good book — or a good friend — for a spot of tea and a bite to eat. —Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2023 Bug sprays are a safe and effective way to keep away annoying pests and prevent insect bites. —Erica Reagle, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 May 2023 If a customer bites, the seller turns around and orders the item from a source such as Chinese wholesaler Alibaba, then ships it directly to the buyer. —Kate Wagner, Washington Post, 17 May 2023 See More
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